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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Interim Milton City Manager Leaves Post

By DOUG NURSE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Friday, January 30, 2009

In Milton, it’s out with the new and in with the old. Again.

The city released Interim Milton City Manager Mort Smedley three weeks ahead of the end of his contract date. Public Safety Manager Chris Lagerbloom will take over Sunday as acting city manager for the third time since the city was founded Dec. 1, 2006.

Smedley was hired in October on a short-term contract when veteran manager Billy Beckett resigned after a few months on the job because of conflict with some council members.
Mayor Joe Lockwood said that when he approached Smedley about staying through the end of February, Smedley told him he had another opportunity he wanted to pursue. Smedley, who is semi-retired, serves on scientific research boats in the Caribbean Sea and other locales.
Lockwood agreed to release Smedley early. Smedley’s contract was set to expire Feb. 20.
“It was never the plan for him to stay on permanently,” Lockwood said.

The city now has to start advertising for a new city manager, the fourth in the past two years, although Lockwood said the council has the option of keeping Lagerbloom as city manager. Lagerbloom has filled the breach between city managers.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me!!! No comments!!! We, the citizens of Milton deserve a better explanation and we deserve a City Manager. Why did we get an interim manager to begin with, we're right back at square one. This is your taxes at work people!!

Anonymous said...

Do you think Lagerbloom will be offered a permanent City Manager position now?

Anonymous said...

We have to be careful what we ask for because we might get it.

Right now we are getting what we asked for by voting for the City of Milton, don't ya think?

May be wrong, but don't think the Bloom is the person for this position.

Anonymous said...

Definitely not the right person but this is Milton..... Money talks while "for the good of the citizens" is just a trite expression.

Anonymous said...

Blogger: Wonder what the water cooler talk at your office is saying about you.

Anonymous said...

Don't have an office, am unemployed.

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John Davis said...

Many executives who initially think they need a management consultant ultimately decide to deploy an interim manager. A recent survey of 100 senior directors in UK companies showed that 78% felt that interim managers offer clear advantages over management consultants.